Ruben Gonzalez wins local ‘Play of the Week’ award

Senior Ruben Gonzalez waits for the coin toss before their game against Rancho Bueno Vista. The Lancers went on to win 4-1 with Ruben having one of the goals. (credit: Jared Cohn)

Senior Ruben Gonzalez waits for the coin toss before their game against Rancho Bueno Vista. The Lancers went on to win 4-1 with Ruben having one of the goals. (credit: Jared Cohn)

Julius Koch, staff writer

This year’s varsity soccer team has claimed the spotlight numerous times with it’s incredibly talented and successful team. A recent occurrence involving player Ruben Gonzalez and San Diego’s KUSI news station has upheld this trend.

On January 8, a video appeared on the Carlsbad soccer team’s facebook page featuring the news report on Gonzalez’s outstanding goal. The short clip showed his powerful distance shot, a play that won against other local sports clips submitted to KUSI’s play of the week program.

Gonzalez and head varsity soccer Coach Riccitelli were not even aware the clip had been submitted until after it had won the award.

“A fan must have submitted the clip,” Riccitelli said. “I didn’t see the video until after he had won, but I thought it was very cool.”

As a center mid player, Gonzalez’s shot covered an impressive distance before striking the top corner of the goal, beating the opposing keeper.

“I got the ball and I shot it as hard as I could with all my might and heart and sweat and tears,” Gonzalez said.

The effort payed off through the victory and the recognition that Gonzalez gained and deserved. KUSI News also gave him a special gift for memories sake.

“I got a play of the week t-shirt,” Gonzalez said. “It is really cool.”

The team is ranked among the top schools in the state and even in the nation. With his personal success and his team’s past success, Gonzalez and his teammates can only hope for the best going into CIF’s

“I hope to take the team’s successes past CIF,” Gonzalez said.

Judging by the past and up to this point, the future seemingly holds greatness for Carlsbad Soccer. The team is optimistic but not overly confident in competing in the upcoming state wide tournament.

“It’s been a good start to the season,” coach Riccitelli said. “Now we hope to have a good run at CIF and end with a strong finish.”